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Modern, Calm, and Light-Filled Adobe

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

2.5 bedroom, 2 bathroom with yoga room and study

This elegant, renovated adobe has two bedrooms and two baths, as well as a yoga room with a twin bed, and a private study (where an air mattress can be inflated if wished). The house is designed to be a restful and beautiful artist's retreat, and a place of calm for travelers. Hang out, make cocktails, and cook at the end of a day of sightseeing. It's beautifully furnished and the kitchen is fully equipped. There are lots of books in the house and a large flat-screen TV with a Roku for your viewing pleasure.

Equipped with central air and heat (unlike many housesin Marfa), a washer / dryer, wifi, and a 37-inch flatscreen TV with DVD player & Roku. (No D/W.) There's a patio and front porch for resting and relaxing and grilling and eating outside under the night sky.

The house is on the west side of town, walking distance to the bookstore and Cochineal and Maiya's, or a 2 minute drive or bike ride in.

One note: the third bedroom, which has a twin bed, connects to the second bedroom. So while the house can accommodate 5, it might be most comfortable for a family with a kid, or friends who don't mind a 'railroad' bedroom.

A great place to stay when visiting with friends or looking for a quiet place to work. Come enjoy all Marfa has to offer!

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Meghan O'Rourke
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017

About Meghan O'Rourke

I'm a writer and editor from Brooklyn, NY, who first came to Marfa, TX on a grant from the Lannan Foundation, and fell in love with the wide-open spaces and community here. I hope you'll love it as much as I do.

Meghan O'Rourke purchased this house in 2008

Why Meghan O'Rourke chose Big Bend Country

One thing that drew me to this house are the high ceilings, great light, and its many small rooms. It's a wonderful place to relax and work. There are two entrances and two bathrooms, so groups can have privacy. It's also nice to have the central air and heat.

What makes this house unique

The light, the airiness, the high ceilings.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Modern, Calm, and Light-Filled Adobe
average rating of 4.631579 based on 19 reviews
Austin, Texas

Perfect for a group of pals

  • 5 of 5

We had Thanksgiving here, and it was lovely! The place is very cozy and the kitchen well-stocked. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and amenities

  • 5 of 5

We just completed a stay at this rental and really enjoyed ourselves. The two separate bathrooms were awesome for 2 couples, and we very much enjoyed taking advantage of the outdoor patio for breakfast. The third smaller bedroom/meditation room is accessed through one of the other bedrooms, so is probably best for a family if planning to utilize all bedrooms. It wasn't an issue for us and was handy for keeping luggage out of the way. The location was nice as it was walk-able to everything and quiet.The owner was easy to work with and very responsive. Would absolutely stay again and would recommend. Thanks for a lovely stay in Marfa!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice, light and (mostly) comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed this rental very much. Great location not far from the heart of town. Surprisingly muted noise level despite being located right next to the highway. (The road speed limit here helps that situation.) Of course it is also close to the train tracks, but it seems you hear the train all over Marfa. The house is light-filled and consequently uplifting. I appreciated the outside table and chairs. Now, what aspects could be better? I think many travelers appreciate a microwave because anymore they are more geared for microwave cooking than doing so on a real stove/oven. Also, I slept in the double mattress, and that bed could use some shoring up (it squeaked against the floor whenever I would roll over), and the double mattress is prime for replacement. This is not a full-service house with full television, dishwasher, etc. But it has a romantic timeless appeal that is very appropriate for the region. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marfa Style AND Comfort

  • 5 of 5

Our NYC family of two parents and two school-age boys loved our stay! It is a spacious private adobe residence with both modern and antique furnishings and artworks, and many details from the time it was built. We'd previously stayed at the Thunderbird when visiting Marfa but, though still very stylish, it is not big enough for us now with kids--instead, they enjoyed ranging around the house and wraparound yard with patios. The house is just down the street from Marfa's new foodie place, the Capri restaurant. Our trip to Western TX combined Marfa with hiking in Big Bend and staying in Terlingua Ghost Town. Once in Marfa, we took the boys on a private tour of the Judd Foundation (better for kids since they relax and ask more questions and go at their own pace) followed by home-made ice cream at Frama. The next day was a full day tour (10-3 with a break for lunch at Squeeze Marfa, a new Swiss sandwich shop, and yes, another trip to Frama) of the Chinati Foundation tour, where Judd has his own work along with his friends' including Dan Flavin and John Chamberlain. It's a pilgrimage for contemporary art followers and architects of course but a lot to enjoy for all tourists, as we saw in our tour group there. With the kids' tolerance for high art exhausted, we spent our last day partly at Balmorhea (a 60 min drive) for a dip in the most unusual pool & natural spring combo--and partly shopping at unique stores such Wrong Marfa. We ate our first meal of Marfa at a taco truck called Boyz2Men which has lots of picnic tables in a fun spot, quite delicious; and for one dinner we ate at the restaurant at Hotel La Paisano which is great for kids; we sat outside. We made our breakfasts at the house in the huge, well-stocked and -equipped kitchen; and our acquaintances / new friends in Marfa came over for chips on the patio with a gaggle of kids who took ours down the street for an impromptu playdate. Talk about opening horizons; if we have to keep returning to Marfa just for that, we will! Our friends pointed out that there are not a lot of houses like this one in Marfa, with every comfort. Finally, it was easy to reach the owner and two caretakers, and all was well maintained; we felt lucky and well cared-for.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birthday in Marfa

  • 2 of 5

I consider myself fairly traveled, and have been known to take off on random road trips. Heard all about Marfa, so thought I'd head west for my 42nd birthday.

I've stayed in several homeaway & VRBO homes, with varying degrees of success. But this was by far the worst.

I actually felt this place was creepy as all get-out. Maybe that's your thing, or maybe that's Marfa's thing... but for the amount I expected more than just a cow hide rug & weird folk art.

Beds were horrible, layout was a bunch of weird doors & rooms, none of the doors had deadbolts, lamps without lampshades - all of that can't just be "artistic retreat aesthetic", surely.

I paid for two nights, stayed barely one - left around 4am 'cause I found the whole place so unsettling.

Like I said, I'm by no means delicate or high maintenance... and I loved the time I spent in Big Bend....but I just don't get the appeal of this place.

Different strokes I guess.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're sorry you didn't enjoy your stay at the house, or the decor that other guests have liked. The house is a casita, with an open living room and dining room, and bedrooms off the side, and it is stocked with new appliances and new furniture. We did want to mention that the beds have good quality mattresses (one is organic and from a high-end mattress shop, specifically for people with allergies). While there are no deadbolts, there are locks on the doors, and Marfa is a very safe town. We will certainly look into the issue with the lamp missing a shade and replace it--thank you for letting us know.
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Beautiful house

  • 4 of 5

A wonderful property, great kitchen and spacious layout.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

There's lots to do in the area: tours of Chinati and Donald Judd's house, hikes in Alpine and in Big Bend, the excellent Marfa Book Co., a visit to the Marfa Mystery lights, dinner at nearby Cochineal and Maiya's, lunch at the Food Shark, drives under the open sky, swimming at Balmorrhea, and much more.


Rates & Availability

Marfa House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. There is a $25 surcharge per night for each guest after 2. Note: Special holiday rates of $225 a night apply for Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK and President's Day, Labor Day, July 4th weekend, and other holiday times, like the Marfa film festival. Chinati Open House weekend = 3 night minimum, $250 a night.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Marfa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two bathrooms, one with a standing shower and one with a small tub and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • 2 bedrooms, plus a yoga/meditation room with a twin bed, and a study where an air mattress can be inflated.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

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